The weather cleared up right on time in preparation of Central Missouri Community Action's Hott Butts Barbecue Contest on Friday.

The weather cleared up right on time in preparation of Central Missouri Community Action's Hott Butts Barbecue Contest on Friday.
By 6 p.m., several individuals were testing wings from more than 32 barbecue teams, and then voting for their favorite. The next day, the teams got down to business as they all vied for the chance to compete at the American Royal in Kansas City.
Greg and Bryan Bowman, a father and son team from Jefferson City, were quite excited to be a part of the Hott Butts Barbecue Contest.
"We do about six or seven competitions each year. We stick within a 90 miles radius of Jefferson City," Bowman said.
The Bowman's specialty includes chicken and ribs, which are two categories of the competition.
"I cook with my kids and enjoy the competition. It is always a great group of people," Bowman said when talking about the other teams at the event.
CMCA's Executive Director Darin Preis was on hand to make sure everything was going smoothly.
"I was nervous about the weather until the sun popped out. We have had so many sponsors step up and say they want to be a part of the event," Preis said.
Phil Morrow of the Kansas City Barbecue Society arrived Thursday night to prepare for the event.
"Rosemary (Morrow) and myself are the KCBS representatives for the event. We make sure all sanctioned guidelines are being followed," Morrow said.
This is the sixth of 18 events for the season these two plan to attend.
Morrow said when they arrived they were greeted with wonderful hospitality. Several local businesses also reaped benefits from the event as items needed to be purchased for the event, including a ton of ice.
Hundreds of area citizens came to enjoy the all-you-could-eat wings.
"The all-you-can-eat wings is more for the community. I ask the teams each year if they can give back to the community before the competition," event organizer Pamela Beerup said.
Twenty-four judges judged the entries on Saturday.
"The reality is that our scoring is so finite that one wrong cut could cost you the grand champion," Morrow said. "They are judged on appearance and then on taste and tenderness."
The team Outlaw Hawgs Barbecue received first place with a score of 685.7032. Team Price Chopper came in second with a score of 685.6800 while Smoke this Barbecue came in with a score of 681.6912.
"We thank all who came from the community," Morrow said.
Several thousands of dollars were raised to benefit Central Missouri Community Action.
 "It has gone extremely well. We had a lot of fun. We are doing this because there are still lots of people struggling across the area. This is all about helping the communities we serve," Preis said.